Cast Blog: #RHOA

The First Cut is the Deepest

Episode 16: Bravotv.com's Associate Editor counts down this week's top three moments.

No. 3 - Driving Miss Lawrence

Sheree and Miss Lawrence's little powwows are one of my favorite things about the show. Especially love when they dish the T together in a car. Seriously, can we get them on a cross country road trip adventure? Phaedra and Kandi need one also, as we learned last week. Maybe it could be some sort of Amazing Race style spinoff where they face off in a scavenger hunt? In any event, I digress.

Sheree filled in Lawrence about Marlo's use of the f-word, which caught him off guard and of course rubbed him the wrong way. Marlo made a serious mistake, because offending your hair dresser is like breaking a mirror -- you're looking at seven years of bad hair. 

Side note: Does Lawrence do everyone's hair in Atlanta? Do he and Derek J compete for the hair business of Atlanta's elite? I guess now we know how he can afford to look so fabulous all the time.

No. 2 - Sisterly Smackdown

You'd think after a year Peter and Mal would come to terms with the fact that they're now family and be civil towards one another. But unfortunately such is not the case. Mal cannot seem to move past her issues with Peter, which would maybe OK, but she can't stop constantly voicing her concerns to Cynthia. As much as Cynthia tries to remain neutral and let them work things out on their own, I've been wondering when she'd reach her breaking point. And we finally see her crack at the anniversary party. Finally! If my sibling wouldn't let up about my significant other, I would have told them off long ago. Or at least gotten back at them by passing around embarrassing childhood photos of them at the next family function.

To be fair to Mal, Peter hasn't exactly tried very hard to win her over after the wedding debacle and he shouldn't have made those digs at her during his speech. But it was Cynthia and Peter's day! She could have at least waited until a day or two later to express her disappointment to Cynthia. I have to say it was pretty satisfying to see Cynthia stick up for herself and her marriage by telling Mal to get it together or get gone when she started to cry. You go, girl!

No. 1 - The First Cut is the Deepest

Besides wigs, my other Atlanta obsession is Phaedra's funeral adventures. I have to give her credit, she is not put off by anything. The prospect of injecting a dead body full of formaldehyde is exciting to her. This 'Wife is fearless.

But of course in true Phaedra style, she still manages to bring a smile to your face even in the midst of a morbid moment. When the mortician asks her what she'd like to name her dummy, she answers immediately with, "I'll call her Anna Belle." Oh, Phaedra, always a Southern belle regardless of the situation.

And Phaedra certainly made sure that Anna Belle looked fierce for her funeral. To Phaedra, Anna Belle's face is a canvas and she is the painter/mortuary artist there to make sure she doesn't end up looking like she's entering a "drag competition." Leave it to Phaedra to make a body elegant and drop dead gorgeous (ha!). 

Next week NeNe may have cold feet about officially filing for divorce. 

Phaedra: I Was Disappointed with Cynthia

Phaedra Parks weighs in on Cynthia Bailey's "classless" behavior. 

Bravotv.com: Why did you decide to perform an exorcism at the house? Do you think it helped?

Phaedra Parks: I was raised in the church. Both of my parents are pastors along with eight of my uncles. I believe in spirits and energy. The energy in my home was noticeably different so I wanted my Apostle to bless and tarry in our home in an effort to bring a renewed and positive energy into the house. Regardless of whether or not you believe doing such a thing actually works, it is a way for all of us to reset ourselves, let go of the negativity, and move forward with our lives. I know prayer changes things and calms the atmosphere. Following Apostle Canada's visit we rested better and there was a spirit of peace and tranquility in our home. We have begun the next chapter of our lives and are focused on the future.

Bravotv.com: You and NeNe have grown a lot closer. How did that come about?

PP: I consider NeNe a good friend. We have not always been on the same page, however we have found a common ground of being like-minded, successful entrepreneurs and mothers of sons. When I needed a friend the most, she was there and I will always remember that. It is easy to find friends when life is going well, but it is the ones who are willing to support you during the storms that matter. During the months when my life was spinning out of control, NeNe called me every single day to see how I was doing despite her busy schedule. She sent encouraging text messages when she could not reach me. I was grateful that I had her and Porsha in my corner because they helped me through some of my most difficult days.

Bravotv.com: What was going through your head when Kenya brought up the rumor?

PP: Well, in actuality it was Cynthia who brought up the rumor. I was disappointed that Cynthia, a fellow wife and mother, would be so insensitive to repeat such an absurd notion less than 24 hours following my husband’s incarceration and the drama that occurred with it. At no point have Cynthia and Peter ever reached out to check on me or my children. I was amazed that she was more interested in spreading a lie than supporting me as a woman and newly single mother. I guess the purported class she touts must have been on winter break, because that was the most classless thing I have ever witnessed.

As far as Kenya is concerned, I never expect much from her, but as always her obsessive interest in my life, plus her extreme actions and emotional state, further corroborate the affair between her and Apollo.

 

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